Research Collections

Dennis Sharp Archive

Dennis Sharp (1933-2010) was an architect, designer, author and teacher. The Centre holds Sharp’s archive, which comprises material compiled in the course of his research on the architecture of Connell, Ward and Lucas. The archive is fully catalogued and available for research. This spotlight feature highlights some of the key themes that emerge from the archive and some of the treasures which it contains.

Dennis Sharp (1933 - 2010)

Dennis Sharp was born in Bedford on the 30th November 1933. After displaying talents in draughtsmanship, drawing and painting, his father, Henry Sharp, arranged for him to be an articled pupil to the architect, Albert Richardson (later Sir Albert Richardson, 1880-1964).

On deciding to pursue a career in architecture, Sharp trained at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London from 1954-1957 where he was a Third Year Travel Scholar in 1955 and Ralph Knott (RIBA) Research Scholar from 1956-1957. He then went on to be Leverhulme Research Fellow at the School of Architecture at the University of Liverpool from 1960-1963.

Dennis Sharp

Dennis Sharp,

In addition to designing and teaching, Sharp wrote and edited a number of publications including Modern Architecture and Expressionism (London, 1966), The Picture Palace and Other Buildings for the Movies (London, 1969), The Bauhaus (London, 1970), and Sources of Modern Architecture: A Critical Bibliography (London, 1981).

Dennis Sharp Architects (DSA) was founded in 1970, based in London and Hertford, and has worked on a number of high profile projects including the award-winning Strawdance Studio, as well as the renovation of major listed buildings such as Royal Ascot Racecourse and Foster's Renault Centre in Swindon. Many of Sharp's projects involved the renovation of historic, especially 20th century, buildings and he was regarded as an expert in this area.

Dennis Sharp died on the 6th May 2010, aged 76.

Records in the Dennis Sharp Archive

A finding aid is available in the Centre's online archive catalogue, available at the link above. The colletion reference code is DCS. 

Archival material relating to Sharp's time at the Architectural Association (AA) has been deposited at the AA Archive.